In the past couple of years MTV has caused quite the controversy with the shows 16 and Pregnant as well as Teen Mom. However as each show’s fame grows it has many wondering are pregnant teens on the rise thanks to these reality TV show?
The new season of 16 and Pregnant features Jennifer Del Rio and her baby daddy Josh Smith. They are dysfunctional to say the least but that isn’t my point. Josh is now claiming that Jennifer got preggers just so she could go on the show. Who knows if that is actually true or not and that quite frankly isn’t the topic here.
What is being discussed here is if the MTV shows are impacting teens getting pregnant. I personally think that given how some of these young mothers have gained instant fame the idea that having a child can make you famous is not a crazy one. Although the show itself doesn’t always glorify having a child as a teen, the rewards that these young ladies get from participating in the show are outrageous. The tabloid magazine, the makeovers, the money for appearances, the sudden celeb status if you will is very enticing and the girls from these shows are getting all of that stuff. Maybe not all of them but enough of them to make one think that all it takes to get famous is be teenager, have a kid and let the network tape your story. It is the 15 minutes of fame that so many people seek thanks to reality television.
So yes I think that the shows that MTV has focusing on teen motherhood are having an impact on teenage pregnancy. Now could it be that we just hear more about it because of these shows than we did before they began airing, perhaps but I don’t think that is totally it. Yes it has always been an issue but I for one think these shows are having an impact. That is of course just my two cents on the topic. I definitely want to know want to know what you think so please spill it!
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